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I Have Trichotillomania

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    Coping With My Ttm

    I've had trichotillomania for as long as I can remember, since sometime early in elementary school. I pulled out my eyelashes, and to this day, I can't help it. I would always get teased and picked on for it, and we all know how mean kids can be, so I know others can...
    TarePanda TarePanda 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    I had trichotillomania

    since I was 12 years old. I would pull my hair out everyday. Recently I have to shave my head due to the pulling. I want to stop but my brain does not want to stop. I don't pull everyday like I used to but I spiritually want to find the reason why I pull my hair out. I want to...
    BrownBeeCa BrownBeeCa 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 27, 2014

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    I'm 14 and I've had Trichotillomania

    for 3 years. I go to therapy every week but it won't stop. I can't do anything about it. It's stoping me from going out or doing things I like because I'm embarrassed of the bald spots on my head.
    heathermal123 heathermal123 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 3 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-18, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    I am 17 years old and I have been pulling my

    hair out since I was in fifth grade. I joined this site hoping that I could find people around my age who live near me and have the same problem I do. I wear headbands all of the time to hide any bald spots and almost always wear it up because its difficult. I use to do softball...
    court14harris court14harris 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 28, 2014

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    At first I thought this was just something I

    loved to do and I couldn't help it. I started to pick an pluck at my eyebrows and eyelashes at the age of eleven. It has been getting worse growing up. I'm scared to go to school because people are gonna make fun of me. I have already been asked what happened to my eyebrow and...
    WhishesOrDreams WhishesOrDreams 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    I am finally starting to feel great!

    Iv gone two months without pulling and my hair is getting some length and thickness! I havent had my hair this long in about 12 years! Im getting my first hair cut since I was 8 next month! Things are looking up and Im slowly getting my confidence back :)
    xxmonkeynessxx xxmonkeynessxx 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I have gone just over 2months barely pulling.

    I pull the odd lash now and again but have managed to fight the urge. It has been really had, especially on rough days when I'm feeling low or someone's upset me. I've been using a few products that have helped my lashes grow back thicker and I'm happy that I can now see an...
    0justme0 0justme0 26-30, F Dec 27, 2014

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    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112 22-25, M Aug 30, 2014

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    I have been pulling for 10 years

    and am now one year FREE. I tried everything - therapy, prescription (and non prescription) drugs, self-will, prayer, accountability partners, fidgets of every kind - you name it, I've tried it. The only thing that has worked and continues to work is a DIY eye serum. I just...
    mostlyfree2 mostlyfree2 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 27, 2014

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 18-21 5 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    Hi! im new to this website

    so I thought I should introduce myself. In that case, im Anonymous Individual, and I have had trichotillomania since I was about four. I would get bullied for it, a lot actually, so much I had to move schools twice. Nobody knows about it because I hide it with hats. I have had...
    Anonymousindividual Anonymousindividual 16-17 Nov 30, 2014

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    I have been pull free

    for 12 days now. My hair is filling in on the top if my head and I'm really exited. I'm hoping it will fill in before the holidays so can cut it into a short style and I won't beed to worry about little kids taking my hat off. :)
    Ampk Ampk 18-21, F Dec 9, 2014

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    It got pretty bad there

    for a while, pulled a lot. I'm getting better now. :) PFV!
    Majin1712 Majin1712 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    Constant Urge to Pull

        i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my grandfather's funeral. after a while, i started pulling my eyelashes and i'd make little piles on my desk. i was so confused...
    holland1945 holland1945 19-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    123me321 123me321 13-15, F 4 Responses Apr 28, 2014

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    I noticed people kind of introduce themselves

    on here so I thought I would give it a try. I am 42, married, 2 kids, and I hate having trichotillomania. Trichotillomania seems to impact every aspect of my day to day life and if you're reading this post then you know it's not in a good way. I haven't always been this way...
    brandymichelle brandymichelle 41-45, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    This is my fourth year with trich

    and I hate it. I hate that I failed to recover multiple times and I hate it even more that I end up slugging my shoulders and "accept" to live with it. Now my balding is at it's worst and it's getting harder to cover it. I know that if I don't do anything at this rate people...
    Hiyalilfella Hiyalilfella 18-21, F Dec 12, 2014

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    Wow, I feel a little better

    after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started with my eyebrows. I'd focus specifically on a few hairs and would end up accidentally digging little "holes" into my skin; my...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17, 2014

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    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich 18-21 Oct 12, 2014

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    So I haven't been on

    for a long time, but I finally got my account back, so I thought I'd make an update post from my last. (Look for it on my profile.) So I have now almost overcome my trichotillomania and I'm able to grow my hair longer than I have been the past few years! Any young teen who is...
    Djctrichman331 Djctrichman331 13-15, M 12 hrs ago

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 11, 2014

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    Havent pulled at all today

    and only a little last night.. Baby steps :D (if you need somebody to talk to PM me :)
    taylorrolyat14 taylorrolyat14 16-17, F Nov 22, 2014

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    I hate going to the hair salon

    because they always ask
    Lifefucksusall Lifefucksusall 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 23, 2014

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    This is something I really want you all to read.

    Now this isn't something I learned from my therapist. nor some professional. This is something that I discovered deep inside, and it is a weapon for me, against trich. If you're reading this, I want you to take a couple minutes to think hard about the stuff that you're ashamed...
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1, 2014

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    I have been pulling ever

    since I was really little. It started with eyelashes and eyebrows and then I started pulling hair in 7th grade. It left a bald spot on my head for a couple years. The summer before sophomore year I stopped completely somehow and it's almost been 2 years since I stopped pulling...
    Mindofanintrovert Mindofanintrovert 16-17, F Jan 3

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    I have had triche for about 4 years now,

    and it hasn't been easy. I have been pulling out my eyelashes and sometimes my eyebrows. When I was younger and I didn't have makeup and fake eyelashes to hide it, I had to draw my eyelashes on with black markers. It was the hardest time in my life back then. Every day I was...
    erinbear123 erinbear123 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    It's been along time

    though my young age.. I think I am used to it.. It's the best friend in collapse time.. Also when you bite the hair into pieces amd start swallowing it.. It might be disgusting to some.. But people like me understand me and would love me for who I am..
    SkullHong SkullHong 13-15 1 Response Jan 7

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 41 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    I've had it since I was 13.

    ..I pull my eyebrows and lashes...This I've made it a whole year with visible eyebrows. I haven't done that since I first started pulling. I just try to limit the pulling I do and convert the energy into something. I'm also on medication though, and I'm sure that has something to...
    Kunoichijen Kunoichijen 26-30, F 20 hrs ago

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    i am going to say what happened,

    so i have a severe case of it, well, had, i am not over it yet but the severe part is a was, so, i had a severe case of it, but my head looked like the world map, X'D, i used to laugh about how it looked, like i do now, i swear it was hilarious, ahem, well not hilarious just...
    iamnoor iamnoor 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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    I have had trichotillomania

    since I was 7 years old, and I am now 21. It is getting worse and worse, right now I'm at the point where I can't even cover it up anymore unless I wear a hat. Im scared. I have tried to stop many times, but ended up just transferring the habit to other things like biting my...
    shanfc shanfc 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I'm at an all time low right now.

    I have not gotten any better, I'm doing worse. I have so many bald spots on my head, and the sad thing is, I'm getting used to it. My head itches and then I pick and its a constant cycle. I cannot stand it anymore.
    shellllbbb shellllbbb 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 12, 2014

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 31 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    I have been pulling for about 6 years,

    and I am now in college. I have pulled just about every type of hair on my body. There have been some periods of time where the pulling stops or is minimal but usually it is present. Right now, I am missing my left eyebrow and it is hard for me to face myself! I am trying to...
    uglicorn uglicorn 18-21 3 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 16-17 Mar 24, 2014

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    I am 100% sure I have this.

    I've noticed that this behavior isn't new on me. I pull out the hair of my eyebrows and eyelashes. I told my mom about it, but she just brushed it off and said something like: "then just stop doing it". I told her that it isn't that simple and it's bothering me. When I do it, I...
    anilu1019 anilu1019 16-17, F Dec 11, 2014

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    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    I've had trichotillomania

    for a few years and every time I think I'm finally done with pulling and I'm doing great, I always end up relapsing
    rschap99 rschap99 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    Hi guys, I'm 15. And I really only started

    pulling my eyelashes out about 6 months ago. But I have always twirled and pulled my hair out. In fact, when I was 5, half my head went bald from me twirling and pulling my hair out. Only not as bad with my head hair as much, but I constantly pull and yank at my eyelashes. These...
    amybuggie77 amybuggie77 13-15 Dec 14, 2014

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    this is really kind of gross,

    but I pick the hair out of the tops of my knees, my hands, and my wrists with my teeth. and I pull my eye brows out without even realizing I'm doing it.
    ughshaylah ughshaylah 13-15, F Dec 14, 2014

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    Hi everyone, I'm a third year Psychology student

    and I'm looking for participants with Trichotillomania (over 18) for my study. Please get in touch if you are interested. Thank you.
    Benni5 Benni5 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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    Does anyone else have a problem with pulling

    out wig hair too? Also, are there any tips or tricks to any of this stuff to make life easier? I know we all have little things we do that help us feel more confident and less ashamed so maybe we could share some of our favorite things. Anything from wig suggestions to things...
    brandymichelle brandymichelle 41-45, F 3 days ago

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    I have had trich for some time.

    .. I was a young child, and I would pull out my eyelashes and eyebrows. Right now, I mostly pull out my eyelashes and the hair on my head. It's not noticeable to most people, and considering it's an impulse thing, I hardly notice it's happening. I'm only 16 and I'm training...
    ElvenQueenKayla ElvenQueenKayla 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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